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Olé Weekend
August 31- September 3

Mass of Welcome
September 1

Labor Day Holiday
September 2

Classes Begin
September 4

Sweet Celebration
September 4, 12pm
Hahn UC Exhibit Hall

Student Affairs Divisional Breakfast
September 13, 8:30-11am
Location TBA

Conversations with Carmen
September 19, 1pm
Outside Tú Mercado

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Weekends @ USD
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Fit into Fall
Yoga Fusion
1st and 3rd Friday of the month 12:30-1:25pm
Mission Fitness Center

Total Body Conditioning
Every Wednesday
Mission Fitness Center

CHR@USD Football Tailgate
USD vs. Western New Mexico
September 7
Tailgate- 4:30-6pm, Kickoff- 6pm
Each employee is eligible to receive four meal and game tokens

Suzie's Farm Tour
Date TBA
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Annual Emplooyee Service and Recognition Luncheon
October 22, 11:30-1:30pm
More info TBA

Monthly Walks
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Our newest Residential Life staff

Candace Torrey joined Residential Life officially in early August. She had served in an interim role and was officially hired as the successful candidate for the Residential Life Office Assistant and Placement Coordinator. In this role, she will be responsible for coordinating early arrivals, managing room changes, and working with athletics on special placements. She will work closely with Barbara Baurmann and the student workers on the daily operation in our office. Candace served as a Resident Assistant and as a campus tour guide while at USD as an undergraduate student.

Terrence Shaw has been hired as the Community Director for Camino and Founders Halls. Terrence is originally from Milwaukee, WI and is an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He received a B.A. in Communication and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin - Parkside and a M.S.Ed. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has lived in St. Louis, MO for the previous two years where he worked at Saint Louis University as a Residence Hall Coordinator. He has experience working with LLC's and MAP-Works and worked in student affairs throughout his undergraduate, graduate, and professional experience, primarily in Residence Life and Career Services. Terrence will be joining the staff in the midst of RA training and we are looking forward to bringing his knowledge and experience to USD.

Become a Safe Space Ally Or Participate in SSA Refresher!

As we prepare for the upcoming academic year, we would like to extend an invitation to participate in one of the Safe Space Ally trainings being offered starting on Tuesday, August 13th. If you have been thinking about it, if you are new to USD, and/or if you would like to invite your staff to become a Safe Space Ally!

By displaying a Safe Space Ally placard in your working and/or living areas, you provide a visible marker of validation, support, and respect for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community as well as other potentially marginalized populations. Visit the Safe Space Ally web page to learn more about the program and to sign up for the training date of your choice.

Refresh your SSA Knowledge!

A SSA Refresher is being offered on Wednesday, October 9th from 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. that will assist you in strengthening your skills as an ally through the use of scenarios, discussion and review of terminology. By participating in the workshop, you will be better informed and educated on how to be an ally for LGBT and questioning people. You will learn how to provide supportive space and a sense of security to LGBT and questioning people, as well as refer out to other appropriate services. To sign up, email

As is done with SSA trainings, refresher workshops can be scheduled around the availability of a group of eight or more people. A refresher session is designed for people who have already completed the SSA training.

"Greater Than Yourself" Retreat

Please encourage students to participate in the annual Greater Than Yourself (GTY) Retreat taking place Friday, September 27-Sunday, September 29, 2013 in Pine Valley. It is a free, two and a half day program bringing together a diverse set of students to explore personal awareness and identity, learn leadership concepts and strategies, and build campus relationships and alliances. Participants develop their knowledge of self and others, enhance their awareness of intergroup dynamics, and expand their “toolkits" of campus resources and involvement opportunities. Students return to campus relationships, organizations, and other areas with new knowledge to promote understanding and networks for action. The retreat is co-sponsored by the United Front Multicultural Center (UFMC) and the Student Leadership and Involvement Center (SLIC). Click here for additional information and to register.

"Run for Your Lives" Places Second!

The Student Health Center Team “Run for Your Lives” was the 2nd place winner in the USD HR Thrive Across America competition. There were only 10 “official” members of the team but we were ALL winners! Congratulations and keep up the “health-y” competition! (Team Captain, Maureen Kane)

Shout Outs

Shout out to the Student Life Team for a great kick off meeting for the Student Life Review. -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to Yesenia Moreno for pinch hitting for Trudy in her absence. -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to the SLIC staff for bearing with the construction zone on the 3rd floor! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to all the new GA's! Welcome Aboard! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to Corinne O'Connor! We are glad to have you as a member of the Student Life team! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to everyone on the Culture of Giving Committee who helped us reach our goal of 10%. We couldn’t have done it without you! -Kathe Myrick

Shout out to the GA training planning committee Erin Lovette-Colyer, Nick Franco, Tierney Trujillo, and Kaleena Tuffo. -Adan Sanchez

Shout out to Erin Lovette-Colyer, Tierney Trujillo, and Kaleena Tuffo for their hard work and efforts in helping execute the fall 2013 GA Training last week. You rock! -Nick Franco

Shout out to Student Life Facilities staff for helping us reorganize our pantry. - Greg Zackowski

Shout out to the Residential Life Community Directors for their energy at the RA Day at the Bay. -Greg Zackowski

Shout out to Kaleena Tuffo for organizing GA training while keeping our multiple “Pre-Orientation” Adventures afloat. -Greg Zackowski

Shout out to Jessica Critchlow for all her help with last minute grant requests. -Melissa Halter

Shout out to the CHWP A-team that managed lots for me without much notice! Thank you CHWP! -Melissa Halter

Shout out to Liz S. for all her hard work with prep, planning, and an excellent presentation. Great job! -Melissa Halter

Shout out to Barb, Janice, Candace, John, Anthony, Rick, and all the Central Desk student staff who have been managing the summer to fall transition and the 1,000+ early arrivals. -Dayanne Izmirian

Shout out to Jen, Tony, Sarah, Will, Brandon, Justine, Scott, Amy, Luke, Pat, and Irene for their work on preparing the residence halls for the RAs return- from the logistics of training to room readiness, forms and all the supplies. -Dayanne Izmirian

Shout out to to Rick, Ryan, and all the student project workers for their work in preparing the residence halls for our large group of new Torero residents. -Dayanne Izmirian

Want to recognize a colleague for their great work or general awesomeness? Submit a Shout Out for the next Student Affairs Newsletter to Liberty at

Please send any news or events for the upcoming week to Kenny Eng by Wednesdays at 12pm.